Perspectives of a Writer and Musician

Issues related to writing, publishing and playing jazz music: One man's muse.
by Al Stevens

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Location: Florida, United States

Monday, May 07, 2012

Nursing Home Ninjas is under contract

My cozy mystery, Nursing Home Ninjas, is now signed for publication by Five Star Mysteries.
We are already through the first level of editing. Now we enter the next stage, which includes the copy edit, one of my favorite parts. That's when you learn a lot about the craft, when an editor rips your deathless prose to pieces.

It's been nine years since I had a real publication contract, and that was for a computer programming book. (I had contracts for this title and another one with an e-publisher last year for a while, but that didn't work out.) I retired after the 2003 book and played music for a while. The music business dried up, and I got bored. So I started writing fiction to keep my brain from drying up like a prune. It will be interesting to see how things have changed since 2003. The industry has changed a lot since then. I have already seen changes in the publisher/author relationship.